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X-37B Passes One Year Milestone, Still In Orbit
2012-03-09 09:04:34

The US Air Force´s X-37B spacecraft, an experimental miniature space shuttle launched last March, has just passed the one year mark in space, with no signs of returning to Earth anytime soon. The spacecraft, designed to spend up to nine months in Earth´s orbit, was launched March 5, 2011. X-37B, known as Orbital Test Vehicle 2 (OTV) -- the military´s follow up to the X-37 --  has been in orbit one year and two days, and is on a purely scientific endeavor, according to...

Human And Humanoid Perform First Handshake In Space
2012-02-16 12:22:26

[ Watch the Video ] Daniel Burbank, current commander of the International Space Station crew, has taken a new step in orbit by becoming the first human to shake hands with a humanoid robot in space. Burbank shook hands with Robonaut after ground controllers activated computer software that enabled the robot to extend its right hand, fingers outstretched. "The first human-humanoid handshake in space," Burbank said as the months of testing the Robonaut finally came to an end....

Robotic Beast Of Burden Makes Outdoor Debut
2012-02-09 05:29:57

[ Watch the Video ] The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is previewing a mechanical beast of burden that would help lighten the load for soldiers. The machine named AlphaDog and built at Boston Dynamics is shown in a newly released video trekking outside in the woods. The video shows the robot raising itself with a load under its own power. Then it manages to negotiate different terrains, going uphill, downhill, and through the woods avoiding obstacles like holes in the...

Former Astronaut Wins Contract For Interstellar Travel Research
2012-01-06 12:30:23

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has chosen a former NASA astronaut to lead a foundation designed to advance space travel, reports Sharon Weinberger of BBC News. Mae Jemison, the first African-American woman to go into space, was chosen to lead the project known as the 100-Year Starship. The 100-Year Starship project's goal is to create a foundation that can last 100 years in order to help foster the research needed for interstellar travel. Jemison's team won...

Air Force Spaceplane Could Be 'Spying On China'
2012-01-05 12:38:47

According to a report by Spaceflight, the classified X-37B U.S. Air Force spaceplane is most likely spending its time in orbit spying on China. The X-37B launched into orbit in March of last year and has not returned to Earth yet.  The Pentagon refused to discuss its mission, but amateur space trackers say its path around the globe is nearly identical to China's spacelab. "Space-to-space surveillance is a whole new ball game made possible by a finessed group of sensors and sensor...


Word of the Day
abrosia
  • Wasting away as a result of abstinence from food.
The word 'abrosia' comes from a Greek roots meaning 'not' and 'eating'.